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Apple stumble seen opening door for rivals

TAIPEI/HELSINKI (Reuters) – Rival smartphone makers could exploit a rare letdown by Apple in the launch of its new iPhone 4S model, which failed to wow fans, and grab a bigger share of the most lucrative part of the phone market. However, analysts also noted that Apple’s decision to keep…

Issa declines investigation into News Corp. phone hacking

For a congressman who isn’t afraid to start up an investigation, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) sure was cautious when the idea of probing into News Corporation was presented to him. The House Oversight committee chairman appeared on Fox News Tuesday evening and declined to investigate the Murdoch corporation. News Corp.…

Issa declines investigation into News Corp. phone hacking

For a congressman who isn’t afraid to start up an investigation, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) sure was cautious when the idea of probing into News Corporation was presented to him. The House Oversight committee chairman appeared on Fox News Tuesday evening and declined to investigate the Murdoch corporation. News Corp.…

Piers Morgan seeks apology over phone hacking claim

Former British tabloid editor Piers Morgan has demanded an apology from a lawmaker who made claims about him admitting to phone hacking, at the London hearing which quizzed Rupert Murdoch. In an angry on-air exchange, Morgan, who is now a celebrity interviewer for US television news network CNN, challenged Member…

Taliban denies rumor Mullah Omar dead, claims phone hacked

KABUL (Reuters) – Two Taliban spokesmen said their mobile phones, emails and a website had been hacked and messages issued on Wednesday falsely reporting the death of the movement’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. The one-eyed, reclusive leader is one of the most wanted men in the world, and is…

Wall Street Journal: WikiLeaks worse than News of the World

The News Corporation-owned Wall Street Journal blasted “self-appointed media paragons” who were quick to attack the British tabloid News of the World but not the release of classified information by Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks. The tabloid, also owned by News Corp., closed down after an investigation revealed it had participated in…

Israeli ships surround French boat near Gaza: organiser

At least three Israeli military ships surrounded a French-flagged yacht as it neared Gaza, seeking to breach Israel’s blockade on the territory, an organiser told AFP on Tuesday. “The boat is surrounded by at least three Israeli ships and since 9:06 am (0706 GMT) all the communications have been jammed.…

Rupert Murdoch might step down as News Corp CEO: report

News Corporation owner Rupert Murdoch might be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey as CEO of the company, but still remain chairman, according to Bloomberg. People with knowledge of the situation said that whether or not the 80-year-old Australian media mogul steps down as CEO depends in part on…

LulzSec hacks The Sun, publishes fake story about Murdoch’s death

The infamous hacker group LulzSec made a comeback on Monday by hacking the website of the British tabloid The Sun, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, and redirecting the frontpage to a fake story about Murdoch being found dead. The story read: “Rupert Murdoch, the controversial media mogul, has reportedly…

U.K. phone-hacking inquiry to examine links to ‘rogue’ intelligence services

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron agreed last week to allow the News of the World phone-hacking inquiry to examine allegations that the newspaper’s publisher, the London-based News International, had close dealings with “rogue” members of the intelligence services. The allegations were made by Member of Parliament Tom Watson in…

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